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HP-Compaq 2510P


This is a guide to running Linux with the HP 2510P laptop.

This guide is intended to provide you details on how well this laptop works with Linux and which modules you need to configure. For details on how to actually install and configure the required modules have a look at our guides section for distribution specific instructions.

This page is just for discussing using Linux on the HP-Compaq 2510p. For a general discussion about this laptop you can visit the HP-Compaq 2510p page on LapWik.

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For full specifications see the HP-Compaq 2510P specifications page.

NameHP 2510P
ProcessorIntel Core 2 Duo U7600 1.2GHz
Screen12.1“ WXGA Widescreen
Optical DriveDVD+-RW
GraphicsIntel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
NetworkEthernet, Intel 4965 802.11abgn, Bluetooth

Linux Compatibility

Optical DriveYes
WirelessYesUse the iwl4965 driver
56K ModemNot Tested
FirewireNot Tested
Card ReaderYes
PCMCIAYestested with compact flash adapter card
Fingerprint ReaderYesFingerprint GUI 0.8


The HP 2510P has fairly standard components and so work well with a up to date Linux distribution. You should use a distribution with at least kernel 2.6.22 for best support.


As long as a distribution with kernel 2.6.22 or greater is used, such as Ubuntu 7.10, the HP 2510P works just fine with Linux. Everything was automatically detected and configured properly.


Agboola Oluwakayode, 2019/01/25 11:03

please how can i intall kali linux on hp compacq 2510p

mpapet, 2013/09/17 09:40

Works excellent on Debian distros. Currently running Jessie (testing) 2013-09 which is working as well as Ubuntu-level stable.

Coming out of sleep, lid-closed the fan turns on full. I added the following script to /lib/systemd/system-sleep

case $1 in

 for x in /sys/class/thermal/cooling_device*/cur_state; do
      echo 0 > $x

Remember to make it executable!

Lindsey, 2010/04/23 19:53

I have a 2510p and Ubuntu 9.10 – I also can't get Ubuntu to recognize the integrated webcam on the 2510p at all. Help?!

Jase, 2009/04/04 11:03

Hi, I'm not familiar with Linux but I wanna give it a shot. Has anyone tested the compatibility docking station?


hp2510p_o_10, 2009/03/10 10:32

Hello there,

I installed Ubuntu 8.10 64 bit on my HP 2510p. Everything worked right out of the box, even the soft keys (wireless, loudness, touchpad control …).
For the fingerprintreader you had to install fprint via synaptics (no problem).

Standby and suspend seem to work.

Great machine and fine operating system.

Alessandro, 2009/02/12 07:14

I tried Linux Mint 6, OpenSuse 11.1 and Fedora 10.

Generally speaking, it seems only the video card (drivers) are slower than Windows. It is more evident even when I work in FireFox.

Linux Mint 6: it works VERY well. I think it was the best of them.

OpenSuse 11.1: installation was fine, but it cannot start X. It seems it start the server X, then close and restart, close and restart, close and restart, etc… forever!

Fedora 10: basically I got the same video problem as OpenSuse, but when I pushed CTRL-ALT-BK_SPACE it seems stopped to make that loop, and started properly.
More two small but annoying problems I found:

1)Sometimes a small pixel offset on top of the screen happen (press CTRL-ALT-BK_SPACE resolve the problem)

2)External video monitor (HP L2245w - 22 inch flat screen) is not recognized well if not attached when the OS starts. If you start Fedora then (after) attach the monitor I got a small subset of resolutions (max proposed is 1280×1024). Instead if I attach the monitor when the OS starts, I can go up to 1680×1050.

zzorn, 2008/03/04 01:03

Otherwise install of Ubuntu 7.10 seems to work, but problems with the display drivers and sleep mode:

  • Display goes black when returning from screen saver. I've seen mentions of the backight not turning on after resume from sleep, this might be it.
  • A jagged, flickering 10-20 pixel wide pattern along the left edge on external monitor (SyncMaster 245t). Probably due to slightly wrong refresh rates used by the default Plug and Play monitor driver (the laptop does not have any DVI output, only DSUB, even with the dock).
pableu, 2008/02/29 23:19

Solving Lid-Problems under ubuntu

There are some problems when closing the lid under Ubuntu Gutsy and Hardy. See here for more Infos:

For the moment, you can just execute the following on start, for example in /etc/rc.local:
sudo echo 1 > /proc/acpi/video/*/DOS

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